Katsina state government in collaboration with Women for Health (W4H), a United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) supported programme have so far trained 107 nurses and midwives since 2012. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of a set of nurses and midwives Governor Masari said his administration will continue to support the partnership as it addresses shortage of female health workers at rural areas.
He urged the graduating students to be ready to make the sacrifice by serving in the remotest villages and communities who are the most desirous of their services.
He also appealed to parents and husbands to support them in executing their new role noting that only this will improve the living conditions of the rural populace. He said, the continuous neglect of the rural areas is responsible for so many social vices. Masari said that government is ready to continue to support the program and engage the graduates who are ready to serve in rural communities. In his remarks, the chairman of the partnership, Suleiman Saulawa, said the main thrust of the program is to reduce infant and maternal mortality which is prevalent in the northern states. He said, the program was introduced to specifically assist girls living in rural areas to study medical related courses. So far, he said, since 2012 a total of 502 students were admitted into the scheme. He said 268 of them were admitted into various medical institutions with 107 graduating and 52 of them already employed by the government. He called on government to employ the remaining 48 to boost the health care delivery of the state. In her remarks, the National Programme Manager, Women for Health, the executing partners of the program, Dr Fatima Adamu, said the programme was designed and implemented in Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara and Yobe states.